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The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman (Bloomsbury Classic Reads) (original 1998; edition 2004)

by Bruce Robinson

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The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman is written by the writer of the film Withnail and I. Based around a boy and his grandpa, it tells the story of an amazingly dysfunctional family and is at once funny, painful, touching, sexy and profound.
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Title:The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman (Bloomsbury Classic Reads)
Authors:Bruce Robinson
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2004), Paperback, 288 pages
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Interesting . . . but not sure I got the humor or followed all of the peculiarities. A good read - well written - and luckily short. ( )
  sbenne3 | Jul 1, 2018 |
By the same person who wrote the screenplay, "Withnail & I". I loved this book for the distictive writing style and the author's ability to combine humour and pathos simultaneously. Who else would describe the shape of a woman's head as "suburban"? Just a typical, throw n off adjective that I can't imagine any else every using, but it Robinson's book you know just what he means. It's a wonderful coming of age story. The cover photo is worth the price of the book :-) ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
This is the hilariously touching story of an eccentric 1950's British working-class family told through the mind of an extremely odd thirteen-year-old boy. If you have read or seen the film version of Butcher Boy, you'll have a great feel for this equally bizarre family of Brits. The book takes you through Thomas's first drink, first cigarette, and his sexual obsession with the young Gwendolin, but it's the completely strange collection of family members that fill up this novel. Thomas's Grandpa Walter is a frail figure who is delicately balanced just this side of death for much of the book. Thomas, as a true teenager, is fixated on Grandpa's seemingly imminent death AND his extensive pornography collection. Much of the book is quite dark, as the parents marriage seems to be coming apart, yet, at the same time; the reader has no other viewpoint of the family other than from this rude, crude, and awkward young boy. One very funny scene is when Thomas believes his grandfather has died in the night and he sneaks to his bedside to place coins over the eyes of the still living Grandpa. Walter lives a little while longer, the parents continue to have serious problems, Thomas has constant problems in school and trying to figure out his desires for Gwendolin, but the novel rolls on in its darkly humorous fashion. This may be an acquired taste in fiction, but, if you're ready for it, Peculiar Memories is disturbingly enjoyable.

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  jphamilton | Jul 27, 2014 |
By turns tender and vicious, Robinson's unusual coming-of-age/domestic madness tale has buckets of brilliant comedy and winning storytelling. ( )
  stancarey | May 21, 2008 |
Funny and moving tale of an innocent lad growing up. ( )
  paulharryallen | Sep 27, 2007 |
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